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How to Make Old Doors Senior Friendly

There are many things to love about growing older – you get discounts on stuff and who doesn’t love getting a senior discount on their grocery purchase or a buy one-get one free admission to the movie theater! You get great service at restaurants because you’re one of the select few in there at 5 pm for dinner. 

Something not so great about aging, however, is the toll the years take on our bodies, namely the arthritis, aching muscles and joint pain that can make functioning at full capacity difficult, if not downright impossible. Indeed, as if the resulting limited mobility wasn't bad enough, now even the doors to get in & out of the house won’t open for us without a struggle.

Fortunately, there are ways to fight back! Here’s a bit more on how to make the doors in your home more accessible for the “well-seasoned adult”, as well as other areas of the house to ease the burden on the body and aid in the transition into these later years in life to ensure they are truly golden!

Door Knobs and Levers

One of the most difficult aspects of manipulating a door is turning or twisting the knob. If the doors in your home have knobs, swap them out for levers.

Levers like the ones in the picture above are great because they satisfy the ‘form’ and ‘function’ elements of what you need open the door with minimal effort, and there’s no twisting or turning required. They fit into the same location as your existing doorknobs. Also, avoid the types of handles that require you to push down a latch with your thumb.

Get a Grip

For sliding doors and screen doors, the thought of pulling something  one direction might be a bit more than you can handle—it isn't just holding on to the handle, it’s the having  the upper-body strength to pull it one direction, that alone can be challenging especially if you have arthritis. In any event, one solution is to attach a piece of rope or a thick cord to the door or handle to increase your grasping surface area as well as the leverage you need to pull the door open or closed. 

Along those lines, make sure the track is clean and clear of debris that could prevent you from opening the door. If the door sticks, apply a lubricant like Blaster Dry Silicone to the track to help the door slide easier. Oils like WD-40 will attract dirt, dust and grime over time.

Garage Door & Its Contents

For those fortunate enough to have a functioning garage, there are ways to make this area easy to use and navigate, and not dread going into for fear that you might hurt yourself.


Make sure the garage door is operational – if you have loose or squeaky hinges, wobbly rollers, or a garage door opener that’s on its last leg, or you’re not sure what needs fixing, it may be time to have a professional inspect your garage door. Sometimes a little TLC goes a long way when you have someone that knows how to maintain it.

Transfer items from overhead cabinets into drawers and bins at waist level or below. Raising arms and reaching up can cause pain, discomfort and possible injury to yourself, so the less you have to stretch or bend over, the better.

Grab a cart with wheels to help move heavier items from place to place or transfer groceries from the car into the house.

Ramps are not only for those with wheelchairs – even low-angled thresholds in door jambs can make coming in and out of your home easier and prevent trips and spills.

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Posted 2015-04-02T19:23:56+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI Angelo_HD_CHI
Thank you!

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Posted 2015-04-08T20:59:49+0000  by Ali123213
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